|That Girl from Paris|
|Directed by||Leigh Jason|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||W. Carey Wonderly|
|Starring|| Lily Pons |
|Cinematography||J. Roy Hunt|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Box office||$1 million|
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